The name and deeds of the Archangel Jegudiel are now known only in Orthodoxy. He has not been mentioned in Catholicism since about the 17th century. He is one of the highest-ranking angels but his name is not mentioned in the Testaments or any work of revelations, unlike the names of other archangels.
Translated from Hebrew, The name Jegudiel is translated from Hebrew as “praise the Lord” or “praising God”. Like other archangels, St Jegudiel patronizes people in one sphere only. Namely, people who do God’s work are under the patronage of Jegudiel.
The name of the archangel Jegudiel is mentioned only in the work of revelations written by Amadeus of Portugal (Joao) – a monk who lived more than 500 years ago. His name is not mentioned in any other book.
Like all other inhabitants of Heaven, the Archangel Jegudiel obeys the Lord. At his behest, he protected Moses and the Israelites who had been wandering in the desert for four decades. And when they fled from Egypt, it was this Archangel who met them and covered them from chasing by creating a fiery tornado. God sent Jegudiel to Moses to fulfill his destiny, which was to save people.
On the icons, this praising God archangel is depicted as a beautiful young man carrying a crown and a whip in his hands. As it can be seen, the whip is made of three woven ropes of black color. Its symbolic meaning is the punishment for those who indulge themselves in laziness and don’t participate in pious activities. The second purpose of the whip is to drive away enemies from the righteous and workers.
The crown in the hands of the Archangel is a symbol of the reward that the righteous will receive for their labors. He has wings on his back, like other archangels and some simple angels. They show the speed and the inevitability of a reward or punishment.
Jegudiel is the patron saint of all people who devote their activity to God. Together with his army of angels, he helps people in difficult situation.
There’s also a belief that Jegudiel is the patron saint of kings, judges and priests. The Archangel also takes under his wing those who promote and strengthen faith. The crown and the whip have another meaning. The crown stands for the protection of royalty, and the whip stands for a fair trial and fair punishment. People who aren’t related to the legislative or executive spheres and the church rarely pray to this Archangel. However, the Archangel asks the Lord to fairly reward them for their deeds.
By the way, people who hold important positions are always considered to be close to the gods. For example, shamans in paganism or sultans in Islam. Shamans were called “talking to the Gods”, and sultans were generally called “Allah’s vicegerents on earth”.
If we think about present days, where there are no kings left, we can say that people holding important positions (from the President to the mayor of a rural town) should turn to Jegudiel. People responsible for the lives and deeds of others and who decide people’s future are under the protection of the Archangel Jegudiel. By the way, those who help the church – let’s say, volunteers or painters making icons for free, can also ask for help or guidance from Jegudiel. Promoting God and faith is also God’s work.
There’s a special prayer to Archangel Jegudiel. It will help if a person is full of doubts that prevent him from making a fair decision. Jegudiel can help get rid of greed and corruption, laziness and indifference, despair and apathy. The prayer itself helps collect one’s thoughts, get one’s priorities straight and give clarity of mind.